This review is a little late as we stayed there for a very happy week in September 2011. As other reviewers have said it's about an hours drive from Pisa airport, the last part of the drive is the worst with very narrow roads that climb quite steeply in places (thus the same on the way down!), the first view of the villa and hotel at the end of the olive tree lined avenue is very special.
We were made to feel welcome straight away, the room was fine with the downside of being dark with very little natural daylight, that said it was comfortable. Breakfast was absolutely fine with a good choice of both hot and cold dishes, we did eat at the hotel restaurant one evening but found it to be quite expensive. We also tried the restaurants in the village but there's not much choice and they too were quite expensive - I think that's something to do with the location and having a 'captive audience'. If you're prepared to drive a little way go to the restaurant just down on the main road, I think it was called La Scuderia - great food, atmosphere and value for money.
The pool area was lovely, not over crowded at all, beautiful views of the Tuscan countryside and olive trees everywhere.
A point to note is that they frequently host weddings at the hotel and Villa, we were okay as our room was on the ground floor facing the car park. Others were not so lucky whilst we were there as they had rooms on the upper floor over the bar area and were kept awake for most of one night when there was a wedding in the hotel. You might want to check with the hotel before booking as to the 'wedding' situation.
The village itself was very pretty, as others have said the gelatto (ice-cream) from the little shop by the bell tower is just delicious - a must for us every evening. We found a lovely little shop selling local produce, wine and olive oil were very good value and delicious.
Although we had a hire car, we went to Florence and Pisa for day trips on the train - much easier and less stressful than driving! We did drive to Chianti and the surrounding areas, really beautiful - just like a postcard.
A really beautiful spot for a relaxing time - be warned though - driving in Italy and especially on some of the roads in Tuscany (very sharp bends and steep drops) is not for the faint hearted.
- Also Known As:
- Paggeria Medicea Hotel
- Hotel Paggeria Medicea Artimino, Italy - Tuscany
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- Artimino Resort is a wonderful venue right in the heart of the Tuscan countryside, where olive trees and vineyards design the landscapes of the hills. Grand Duke Ferdinando I built the Medici Villa named "La Ferdinanda" in 1596. Artimino is the perfect place for a relaxing holiday, and it's an ideal and suggestive location for visiting Tuscany.The Paggeria Medicea Hotel offers 37 rooms with wi-fi, tv and frigobar, 6 deluxe apartments called "Le Fagianaie" and 59 different types of apartments in the middle of the medieval village of Artimino. The Hotel has a wonderful view over the Tuscan countryside and provides 2 swimming pools, a tennis court, mountain bikes, massages, tour organization and wine tastings. The "biagio Pignatta" Restaurant, named after the head butler of the Grand Duke Ferdinando I, offers a vast range of typical Tuscan dishes created with an innovative and creative touch. ... more less
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